WWII veteran first to be laid to rest at NELA Veterans Cemetery

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James Denmon (Courtesy: KNOE)
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RAYVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Family and friends are saying goodbye to a World War II veteran for the second time.

One day after the ribbon cutting ceremony, James Denmon will be the first veteran laid to rest at the veterans cemetery in Rayville.

James was born and raised in Louisiana, as one of fourteen siblings. He attended the former Northwestern Normal School in Natchitoches, graduating and working for the Department of Agriculture, before getting drafted for service in WWII.

While overseas, James served in a tank crew for fourteen months in France, Belgium, Germany and Czechoslovakia.

Larry Denmon, James' son, says he was hard working, and avid quail hunter, and would talk to just about anybody.

"He was just remembered as a happy man that never met a stranger," Larry Denmon said. "He never talked about the war. However, he did talk about the people, the places, the cities, things of that nature."

James passed away in 2000, and was initially buried in Forest, Louisiana. He will be re-interned at the state's newest veterans cemetery with full military honors.